Culinary Delights, Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Organic Gardening Can Pave a Path to Self Sufficiency

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I want to wish everyone who reads this a happy and healthy 4th of July. We are celebrating our democracy and freedom in the midst of uncertain and unprecedented times.

Some of us may be unemployed or underemployed. Some of us may be wary of going into the stores to purchase food. Many of us are nervous about going back and enjoying restaurants.

My life has changed so much, and some of it has been for the better. I have more time to write, cook, exercise, and, much to my surprise, garden! Never before have I thrust my hands into so much soil nor cherished worms and pollinators.

Not only does gardening save me money, but it helps me connect with my husband and the soil beneath my feet.

Planting an organic garden is my path to self-sufficiency, and I’ll tell you why.

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Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Is Your Garden Flourishing? It’s Never Too Hot to Prep for the Winter Months

 

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Hunkering in place has done curious things to me. I have begun to push seeds into the soil. I planted cranberry beans once rescued from the UCSC Farm and Garden and grown again by a beauty named Faith. She once lived next door and sprouted many seeds.

My friends, Mary and Dan, gave me worms. If I take care of them, they’ll give me castings for my garden.

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Getting out in the garden feels like a reprieve, and I am appreciating outside space more than ever. Continue reading “Is Your Garden Flourishing? It’s Never Too Hot to Prep for the Winter Months”